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             Hands are closed into a fist for much of the time. The grasp
             reflex activated with touch to the palm makes the baby
             automatically grasp your thumbs tight enough to be lifted up.
             This reflex diminishes over the next 4 to 6 months.

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                                                   One Month

               During the first two months the baby reacts to stimuli by moving
             the whole body. Hands are often fisted and gradually spending
and more time open.
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                      onemonthflexed  onemonthsitting  fistonemonth threeweekscrying


                                                  Two Months

Boppy pillows or cushions help support the baby while on the
Bearing weight on a surface provides sensory stimulation
            to the hands.

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                  twomonthbabyinblue  twomonthsflexed twomonthsbook
                  twomonthsincarriage  twomonthssitting

                                                 Three Months

           Between two and four months babies can maintain a grasp on an
           object that is placed in their hands. Developing head control
           enables the baby to hold his head up while on his belly.

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                    threemonthspainting   threemonthsprone
                   threemonthyellowstripe  threemonthhand   threemonthgrasping                                                  
                                                Four Months

         Babies discover that they can bring the hands together at the
         middle of the body to clasp and play with feet.  Babies begin
         reaching with both hands.

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                                               Five Months

    Babies may hold onto an object more with one hand while patting
   it with
the other hand.  The object is grasped inside the palm. The
   baby's head is
stronger and she can hold it higher and support her
   body on the forearms
while on her belly.

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    fivemonthsinswing fivemonthspullingtoy fivemonthsmaniptoy  
    fivemonthssittingwithtoy fivemonthsproneonelbows fivemonthsinbabyseat  
                                               Six Months

     While on the belly the baby can hold up her chest and head, extend
    her arms
and hold herself up on her hands. Babies can sit with support
    or independently
to play with toys. Babies reach, grasp and manipulate
    toys in different positions,
start to reach with one hand and transfer an
    object from one hand to the other.

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    bluerattle  sixmonthssitting sixmonthseating sixmonthsbookplay sixmonthssittingwithtoy

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                                                 Seven Months

  Toys are held in the palm. But the baby begins to use the thumb side
  (called the radial side) of the hand more. The index and middle fingers
  and thumb press the object into the hand. Babies will begin to use both
  hands to pick up larger objects and one hand to pick up smaller objects.

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                                                                           Eight Months

    Between eight and nine months of age, the "digital radial" grasp
Smaller objects are held between the index and middle
   fingers and thumb,
rather than in the palm. 

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    eightmonthspiano eightmonthsrattle eightmonthsduck  eightmonthstoys
    eightmonthshammar eightmonthsmanipulationtoy
                                         Nine Months

  Babies gradually develop the ability to pick up smaller and smaller
and isolate the index finger to push buttons and point.

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  ninemonthsreading ninemonthsnesting ninemonthspiano ninemonthsmanipulationtoy 

                                                    Ten Months

 Babies first develop the inferior pincer grasp, using
 the side of the
index finger and thumb.

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pinceronsmallfood tenmonthswithtruck tenmonthswithtoys tenmonthswithblocks 

                                                     Eleven Months

 Finger isolation skills continue to develop to point to pictures
 and push small
buttons. Babies love to imitate  hand movements
 such as waving good-bye and
can learn simple sign language. 

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        elevenmonthssittingwithtoy elevenmonthspointingtoy elevenmonthsbrushingteeth elevenmonthsintoybox
        elevenmonthspointinginbook elevenmonthswithpaper
                                                  Twelve Months

    By one year of age babies can pick up tiny pieces of cereal
   using a neat pincer
grasp. This involves the pad of the index
   finger and thumb. They are also starting
to manipulate toys
   in a more complex ways such as rolling a car.

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   twelvemonthsorangelever twelvemonthseatingcake twelvemonthsonphone twelvemonthsices twelvemonthscheerios


                                                 Thirteen Months

    Babies love to fill and dump using storage containers, sand
   pails and bath toys.
Coordination develops to turn pages
   in a cardboard book.

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   thirteenmonthstwocars thirteenmonthscheerios thirteenmonthsdumping thirteenmonthsturningpages thirteenmonthssandplay   
                                                 Fourteen Months

  Eye-hand coordination develops to place rings on a stack,
  nest cups, put
large pegs in a board and place shapes in
  form boards. Messy play continues
to teach about touch,
  textures and  manipulation.

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  fourteenmonthstelephone fourteenmonthsholdingobjects fourteenmonthsbeadtoy fourteenmonthspainting fourteenmonthshose
  fourteenmonthsnestingcups fourteenmonthseatingcarrot 

                                                  Fifteen Months

 Babies are busy using objects both in pretend play and
 functionally. They use a spoon,
brush, crayons, throw a ball,
 toy telephone and put on glasses. Coordination improves

 to use hands together (such as when opening and closes glasses).

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fifteenmonthsbell fifteenmonthsdrawing fifteenmonthslegos fifteenmonthsskipole fifteenmonthsfork fifteenmonthscoloring

                                                   Sixteen Months

   Skills improve to stabilize with one hand while manipulating
   with the other hand.

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                                                   Seventeen Months

    Fine-motor control develops to hold several small items in the
   hand at one time.
Many toddlers use one hand to manipulate
   more than the other. However, children
do not develop a hand
   preference until older.

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   seventeenmonthsdining seventeenmonthswatering seventeenmonthsinsertingcard seventeenmonthsmagnadoodle